The Gangs All Here - Almost

By Sports NetworkJuly 19, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Price Cutter Charity ChampionshipNot only is the Price Cutter Charity Championship one of the original events on the Nationwide Tour, it has also been played every year at Highland Springs Country Club. This tournament, which has been on the schedule since the inception of the Tour in 1990, is in its 17th year. Highland Springs Country Club and Hillcrest Country Club (Boise) are the only two courses which have hosted a Nationwide Tour event each year. Nine of the top-10 players on the money list are competing this week, including money leader Tripp Isenhour, who is looking for his third victory of the year and a promotion to the PGA TOUR.

Last year, Roger Tambellini fired a 7-under 65 in the final round to win the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Tambellini completed the event at 21-under-par 267. Troy Matteson, who held at least a share of the lead after the second and third rounds, managed a 3-under 69, but it was only good enough to share second place. He was joined at minus-20 by Vance Veazey, Steven Bowditch and David Peoples, who closed with a 10-under 62. Matteson tied the 36-hole record of 128 set by Joe Ogilvie in 2003. Tambellini got his round going with a birdie on the second at Highland Springs Country Club. After five straight pars, he birdied the par-five eighth for the fourth straight round to get to minus-16. He birdied the 11th and made it two straight with a birdie on the 12th. Tambellini, who won the 2003 Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour, dropped in his fifth birdie at the 15th to get to 19 under. Tambellini made it two in a row as he chipped in for birdie on the 16th. That birdie gave him a share of the lead at 20 under. He closed with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 last to earn his second Nationwide Tour win.

Tambellini will not be on hand to defend his title as he finished 12th on the Nationwide Tour money list last year and earned his PGA TOUR card for 2006. So far this year, Tambellini has made only five of 15 cuts with his best finish being a tie for 21st at the Shell Houston Open in April. He is currently 198th on the PGA TOUR money list.
 
In 2004, Brad Ott took control of the tournament with a second-round 66 and then shot 68-64 over the weekend for a one-shot win over Brandt Snedeker. Ott's 263 total broke Anthony Painter's record of 267, which was set in 1998 and equaled by Tom Carter in 2003. Tyler Williamson, who started the final round seven shots back, set a new course record of 60 and finished tied for third. When Patrick Sheehan won this event in 2002, he set a new 54-hole mark of 197 en route to his two-shot win.
 
There have been six playoffs in the first 16 years of this event, including two of the last six years. The first playoff came in the initial year of the event, when Jeff Cook defeated Olin Browne. Lennie Clements beat Ted Tryba and Tommy Tolles in a 1992 playoff, while Mike Schuchart (1995), Stewart Cink (1996), Ryan Howison (1999) and Pat Perez (2000) were also victorious in playoffs. Past champions of this event who have enjoyed success on the PGA TOUR are Stewart Cink (1996) and Chris DiMarco (1997).
 
Of the 32 courses played last year on the Nationwide Tour, Highland Springs ranked as the second-easiest with a scoring average of 70.081 (-1.919). The scoring average for the final round was 68.672, the lowest single-round scoring average in the history of the event. The easiest hole was the 535-yard par-5 11th, which was the seventh-easiest hole on the Nationwide Tour in 2005.
 
The Nationwide Tour moves to Kansas next week for the Preferred HealthSystems Wichita Open at Crestview Country Club, where Joe Daley captured the 2005 event.

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    By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 8:52 pm

    The drama went down to the very last hole in the LPGA's final event of 2017. Here's how things ended up at the CME Group Tour Championship, where a surprising miss from Lexi Thompson opened the door for Ariya Jutanugarn to win in dramatic fashion:

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    What it means: There were scenarios aplenty entering the final round, with nearly every season-long accolade still hanging in the balance. Thompson appeared set to take them all as she sized up a 2-foot par putt on the final hole - a stroke that looked like it would take her to world No. 1 for the first time. Instead, the putt barely touched the hole and allowed Jutanugarn to rally to victory with birdies on the closing two holes. Thompson still took home $1 million for winning the season-long Race to the CME Globe, as it was a reverse scenario from last year when Jutanugarn won the $1 million but not the final tournament.

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    Best of the rest: Jutanugarn seemed like an afterthought as the tournament was winding down, but she kept her hopes alive with an 18-foot birdie on No. 17 and then capitalized on Thompson's mistake with a clutch birdie on the difficult final hole. It capped off a final-round 67 for the Thai who now ends what what has been a tumultuous season with a smile on her face.

    Biggest disappointment: Thompson faced heartbreak after the penalty-shrouded ANA Inspiration, and she again must handle a setback after essentially missing a tap-in with everything on the line. Thompson can enjoy a $1 million consolation prize along with the Vare Trophy, but a tournament win would have clinched Player of the Year honors as well as her first-ever trip to world No. 1. Instead, she now has the entire off-season to think about how things went awry from close range.

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